Senate Judiciary Committee roundtable calls for more action on criminal justice reform in Pennsylvania

Senate Judiciary Committee roundtable calls for more action on criminal justice reform in Pennsylvania

At a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting Tuesday, held just outside of some of Pittsburgh’s most crime ridden neighborhoods, a panel of state officials and activists talked about how Pennsylvania could reform the commonwealth’s criminal justice system. 

The meeting was the final of three — the first two taking place in Harrisburg and Philadelphia, all organized by Senate Judiciary Committee Majority Chairman Stewart Greenleaf (R-Montgomery). Democratic Senators Sharif Street (D-Philadelphia) and Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) also sat on the panel, held at Petra Ministries, a non-denominational church, in Penn Hills. 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Legislative package aimed at reforming state budget process clears House committee

Legislative package aimed at reforming state budget process clears House committee

A six-bill legislative package that seeks to reform the state budgeting process made its way out of the House Appropriations Committee Tuesday afternoon along a party-line vote.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House cranks through amendment process on so-called “paycheck protection” bill

House cranks through amendment process on so-called “paycheck protection” bill

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives Tuesday used the bulk of its session day to crank through nearly three dozen amendments—many of which drew significant debate—filed to so-called “paycheck protection” legislation.

 

The underlying legislation, Senate Bill 166 sponsored by Sen. John Eichelberger (R-Blair), would disallow the automatic collection of political action committee money from a unionized public employee’s paycheck, but allow the automatic collection of dues money potentially earmarked for political advocacy purposes.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House committee advances veto-fated abortion bill

House committee advances veto-fated abortion bill

The House Health Committee on Monday advanced Senate Bill 3 along a party line vote despite a renewed promise from Gov. Tom Wolf to veto the legislation.

Monday, December 4, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Effort to send severance tax legislation back to committee fails

Effort to send severance tax legislation back to committee fails

In a move some were hoping would keep the issue from additional floor debate for some time, a motion in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Monday attempted, but ultimately failed, to send a highly contentious natural gas severance tax bill back to committee.

Monday, December 4, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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